Empire Electric Association provides financial incentives to its residential consumers who upgrade to energy efficient appliances and HVAC equipment. These rebates are offered in conjunction with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, with Empire Electric generally matching the incentive amounts provided by Tri-State for equipment and appliances. In many cases, additional rebates are available for HVAC and water heating equipment that exceeds the minimum efficiency or technology requirements of the program.
'''''Note: The law described on this page was amended by Senate Bill 252 of 2013. Among other changes, the bill doubled the renewable energy requirement for cooperative utilities of a certain size, allowed for additional technologies to qualify, created a distributed generation carve-out for cooperative utilities, and made a new requirement for generation and transmission cooperatives. After signing the legislation, the Governor issued two Executive Orders forming an Advisory Council to study and report on the feasibility concerns of the companies impacted by the legislation.
Poudre Valley REC is providing rebates to their residential customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes. This rebate program was timed to coincide with the Colorado Governor's Energy Office's (GEO) state-wide rebate program, and Poudre Valley REC customers are permitted to receive both rebates. Before receiving a rebate, applicants must have an energy audit of their home that includes a blower door test. The audit must be completed by a RESNET or BPI certified auditor.
Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA), a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, offers residential energy efficiency rebate programs for qualified residential water heaters, heat pumps, space heating equipment, refrigerators/freezers, dishwashers, and clothes washers. Incentive amounts vary by the size and efficiency of the system; specific details are listed on the program web site.
Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA), a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, offers a variety of lighting rebates to commercial customers. Rebates are available on commercial lighting upgrades, LED street lighting, induction street lighting and refrigerated case lighting. Street lighting rebates vary by technology and by the wattage of fixtures. The $250 per kW rebate for commercial lighting retrofits is capped at 50% of the equipment cost or $20,000 per project. These rebates must be applied to a single contiguous location.
Mountain View Electric Association, Inc. (MVEA) and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc., MVEA’s power supplier, will pay credits to MVEA customers who install qualifying energy efficiency equipment and appliances, or pursue large scale facility lighting upgrades. Both residential and business customers are eligible for rebates. All equipment requirements must be met in order to receive these credits. The LED street lighting and commercial lighting replacement programs require pre-approval by Tri-State.